What Would You Pay Higher Taxes For?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Nancy Rankin, vice president for policy, research and advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York, discusses her report out about what New Yorkers want from the next mayor.


Nancy Rankin

Comments [16]


I'm not willing to pay any more taxes!
It's about DISTRIBUTION of the high taxes we already pay!
My property taxes have gone up 300% since I bought my house 4 years ago. ENOUGH!

Nov. 08 2013 11:01 AM

Two priorities on which to spend higher taxes: 1) Lower-cost or, preferably, free public transit. 2) Free [period!] universal health care.

Why these priorities? 1) One can not move upward unless one can move. 2) One can not move anywhere unless they are healthy. 3) Walking to the bus stop or train is healthy... hmm... that would reduce healthcare costs resulting in lower taxes to pay for free universal healthcare resulting in thinner people providing more room on the subway so that we pay lower taxes because we don't need more subway cars...

See how progressive socialism can breed a healthy society and... pushing the point a bit too far... lower taxes??

Nov. 08 2013 10:58 AM
Julian Harris from TriBeCa

New Yorkers are held hostage by careening automobiles, especially those making turns when there's a "walk" sign. Hundreds of pedestrians are forced to scurry across the West Side Highway in order to let 20 cars pass with 20 single drivers.

Taxes should pay for speed bumps, more pedestrian areas.

Tickets should be given for speeders, not parking.

Signs like "Slow down!", "Don't Be A Jerk!", and "Have Respect" should be placed around.

The only thing I love about California is that pedestrians are like sacred cows -- they always have the right of way. Cars screech to a halt when a pedestrian steps off the curb.



Nov. 08 2013 10:54 AM
jf from the future

The food the government is feeding children in school cafeterias the exact food that causes the biggest cause of death in america: HEART DISEASE
school lunch causes HEART DISEASE. They make vegetables taste bad but that is not necessary. They can make kids eat all vegetables by making pesto of all greens, it masks all bad taste and brings out the good taste of vegetables. Vegetables can be made into noodles with a spiral cutter.

Nov. 08 2013 10:53 AM
RJ from prospect hts

I'm not willing to work more overnighters to pay for all of these wonderful things when the wealthy live so far above everyone else. The poor already donate a higher proportion of their incomes for social services than the wealthy. Bloomberg already added "taxes" in the form of "fees" on top of averaqe New Yorkers--higher parking fees, taxes on small businesses, higher transit fares--many more subtle increases on regressive taxes. Why should working people and the poor pay increases when the wealthy are paying pathetically small proportions of their lavish incomes?

Nov. 08 2013 10:48 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I'm always willing to consider paying more taxes, if I know where the money is going.

The problem is: politicians usually want to raise taxes because they are too lazy to be creative or efficient with the money they already get.

Nov. 08 2013 10:48 AM
Robert from NYC

I would definitely be willing to pay more taxes if WE got improvements in education, housing, parks, libraries, all services the government provides. In fact it's not the government that screw up our lives it's big business because everything they get their hands on cost way too much and that money goes to not the service as much as the CEOs and upper management and BoDs. Very little finds its way down to the worker or the business itself. Why wasn't the city bikes program given to a small business entrepreneur instead of CitiBank! It might have got a slower start but it would have allowed a small business to grow and improve while working with the city.

Nov. 08 2013 10:48 AM
jf from reality

I want to be able to get a job that actually does not destroy the earth literally.

Nov. 08 2013 10:47 AM
fuva from harlemworld

See, a lot of these surveys are surveying ignorance...

Please, understand that – before taxes – the critical economic and political challenges we face require information. Seriously. What is causing the extreme income/opportunity inequality? Then, how do taxes, amongst other things, factor?

But no one wants to do this heavy lifting. Slacktivism won't get us too far.

Nov. 08 2013 10:46 AM
jf from reality

They don't need to pay more taxes. They get more property taxes than anywhere else. They CAN "print" unlimited money, they let banks to that, literally. Take down the fences around community gardens. They are not community gardens with fences around them and hovering "plot" owners staring you down. Look up permaculture. There needs to be bike only streets. Cars are filling the air with toxic chemicals that are scientifically proven to cause cancer and asthma, cars are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on every avenue in brooklyn every morning and every evening, that is unsustainable.

Nov. 08 2013 10:46 AM
Phil from Bushwick, Brooklyn

$3 Billion budget defect. Would you pay more taxes for stuff we've already used?

Nov. 08 2013 10:44 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Is this question considered proportionally? How much more are the wealthy, with all of their disproportionate wealth compared to the rest of the income classes, willing to pay compared to those who have just lost food stamps and are likely to lose more? Or the foreclosed upon, unemployed, working poor? How much more are they willing to pay in taxes when they walk around a city with products costing more than several years of their income?

Nov. 08 2013 10:37 AM
antonio from baySide

I'd pay more in taxes for transportation projects. (Streetcars, lightRails, pedestrian, walkways etc).

Nov. 08 2013 10:37 AM
Nancy from Harlem

Happy to pay more in tax to make sure New Yorkers in poverty have enough to eat.

Nov. 08 2013 10:35 AM
RJ from prospect hts

How many depressed Lhota voters stayed home?

Nov. 08 2013 10:34 AM
RJ from prospect hts

How many depressed Lhota voters stayed home?

Nov. 08 2013 10:33 AM

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